Excerpted from the book Guru Nanak’s Call of the Soul: Japji Sahib:
Guru Nanak gives us the wisdom of this final pauree by using the metaphor of the goldsmith’s forge. The furnace of a goldsmith must have an even and controlled temperature and the goldsmith himself must have patience to work with the gold to form it into beautiful shapes. So should be the self-control and internal discipline of the seeker.
Guru Nanak says to make fear of God the bellows that stoke the inner fire. “Fear of God” is frequently misunderstood here, perhaps invoking a Biblical image of terrified sinners in the hands of an angry God. That is not what Guru Nanak means. Fear of God means the awe and longing for God. Siri Singh Sahib Ji was asked to explain this, to which he replied that fear of God means fear that you will not see God. Or the fear that you won’t remember God with each breath.
So with each breath, remember the One who gave the breath to you and apply that tapa, the heat, to the japa, the meditation, and fan the flame of the tap tao, the inner spiritual heat that builds with deep meditation. And there in your heart, in the crucible of love, let the nectar of Naam, the most precious gold, melt to its ultimate state of purity. Let that Amrit Nectar, which comes by reciting the Naam with love and devotion, trickle down. He is telling us that by reciting, the pineal gland will secrete. When it secretes, the consciousness expands. It is a process of purification, of removing negativity from the mind so that, free of doubt and fear, we can merge with the One.
Jat paahaaraa dheeraj suni-aar.
Aharann mat vayd hathi-aar.
Bhau khalaa agan tap taa-o.
Bhaanddaa bhaa-o amrit tit ddhaal.
Gharree-ai shabad sachee ttaksaal.
Jin kau nadar karam tin kaar.
Naanak nadaree nadar nihaal. || 38 ||
Let self-control be the furnace, and patience the goldsmith.
Let understanding be the anvil, and spiritual wisdom the tools.
With the fear of God as the bellows, fan the flames of tapa,
the body’s inner heat.
In the crucible of love, melt the nectar of the Name,
and mint the true coin of the Shabad, the Word of God.
Such is the karma of those upon whom He has cast His glance of Grace.
O Nanak, the Merciful Lord, by His Grace, uplifts and exalts them.
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One of the best ways to learn how to recite Japji is to listen to and read along with someone else reciting it.
To help with that, we have a FREE Japji for the Aquarian Age App for IOS and Android. Once you download it, you can use it to recite the complete Japji Sahib in your daily practice, or you can choose the “Repeat Paurees” feature and follow along with the recitation of each section of Japji Sahib.
A special 40 week practice of reciting Japji Sahib is to recite one section 11x a day for one week and then do the same for the next section and so on, until over 40 weeks, you’ve completed a practice of reciting each of the 40 sections of Japji Sahib 11x a day for a week.
In Guru Nanak’s Call of the Soul: Japji Sahib, by Gurutej Singh Khalsa with Shanti Kaur Khalsa, Based on the teachings of Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan:
In Japji Sahib, Guru Nanak touches the deepest essence of individual consciousness, elevating one to the universal consciousness. Japji is made up of 40 remarkable segments where Guru Nanak not only explains the mysteries of the cosmos, but also gives us spiritual instruction that we can follow to achieve the same experience of higher consciousness that Guru Nanak embodied. In this book the Mul Mantra and each of the 38 paurees of Japji, plus the Slok, are explained from a spiritual as well as historical perspective, enhanced by the teachings of Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan. It is our sincere prayer that this book will open up to you the miraculous wonder of Japji Sahib.
194 pages including an in-depth exploration of the 40 sections of Japji Sahib, 48 full color illustrations, 15 meditations that enhance the effects of the paurees, pronunciation guide and glossary and a foreword by Bhai Sahiba, Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa, PhD. Includes beautiful full-color paintings by Sewa Singh and Sewa Kaur.
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